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‘IS product of ‘divisive’ leadership’

Iraqi prime-minister Nuri al-Maliki succumbed to both internal and international pressure on Thursday, when he announced he would be stepping down from the post, giving his full support for successor Dr Haider Al-Abadi. The move comes in light of an increasing threat in Northern Iraq, where the Islamic State group[…]

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Pleas on deaf ears: Bonteheuwel Forum

The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum says they are outraged by government officials’ lack of interest in gang violence in the area. The forum has issued authorities with a 10 day ultimatum to address their concerns, or face protests. Residents say they have seen fatal shootings everyday over the past three[…]

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Maher Zain treks through China for Gaza

International multi-platinum award winning nasheed artist Maher Zain is treking through the vast Great Wall of China to raise funds for war stricken Gaza. The Great Wall of China Trek 2014 is a 10 day humanitarian mission in association with Human Appeal.  Zain and a group of 40 activists are visiting some[…]

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Palestinian pickets continue

While a ceasefire been Israel and Hamas remains in tact for now, South Africans are still keeping the conflict in Gaza firmly on the national agenda. In Cape Town, activists from various organisations have taken it upon themselves to picket every Sunday for the past four weeks. The weekly picket[…]

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Loonat suspended for Facebook comment

Local community activist, Hanif Loonat has been suspended from his post in the City of Cape Town’s Civilian Oversight Committee following a comment he wrote on his Facebook page regarding the conflict in Gaza. Loonat’s post referred to the “death of Zionist Israel”. The complaint was lodged by the South African Jewish[…]

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Zionist lobby trying to silence critics

The tables have turned on the Zionist propaganda machine, and local sympathizers are slowly starting to realize that opposition to Israel’s actions against Palestinians is now the norm, according to a  media commentator.  The Media Review Network’s (MRN) executive member Iqbal Jassat told VOC Drive Time on Friday it appears[…]

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Demonstration for Gaza in Mitchell’s Plain

A picket demonstration was held at AZ Berman Promenade in Mitchell’s Plain on Friday afternoon with over 100 people participating. The demonstration was arranged by the Muslim Youth Movement (MYM) in aid of the oppressed in Gaza. The aim of the demonstration was to push the Muslim community to boycott[…]

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Former UCT student makes Gaza appeal

A former PHD student in Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has made an impassioned plea to former colleagues and students at the UCT medical school, in an attempt to raise funds for much needed supplies in the conflict hit Gaza Strip. Saeb Hussein Aliwaini, a Palestinian[…]

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SAJBD feeling the heat: Ehrenreich

The South African Zionist lobby are feeling the pressure of the Palestinian solidarity movement and the increased calls for the boycott of Israeli goods. That was according to Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich, in light of allegations of hate speech against him. The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) plans[…]

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Gaza children’s art project hailed

Amid the multitude of striking posters and banners at the historic 200 000 strong SA March for Gaza on Saturday 9th August was a distinctive piece of artwork created in honour of Palestinian children. The colourful banner – Remember Gaza’s Children – tells the story of Gaza’s brave youth, killed[…]

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